July MLB Game Thread

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Bergs

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We may want to revisit this post if we don't hear from Bergs for a while.
The beer's gone and the tools don't show up until Thursday. I'm calling myself safe for the moment.
 

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That announcer for the Cubs is horrible. Horrible. Had to listen to her all weekend, since I decided not to drop half a grand to go down to Wrigleyville.
Beth Mowins? She used to do college sports on ESPN for what felt like an eternity. I was very confused when I threw the Cubs broadcast on and heard her.

Spent it on power tools and beer instead.
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Bergs

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Beth Mowins? She used to do college sports on ESPN for what felt like an eternity. I was very confused when I threw the Cubs broadcast on and heard her.
She certainly has that "sound like you're taking a shit every 3rd syllable" ESPN-coached style a la Levy, Kolber, Riddick, etc etc.. Awful. When she goes away from that and relies on a decent natural voice, she can be decent, but it never lasts.

As long as you're not on Ether.

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The White Sox have a double TOOTBLAN.

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Unreal. It's not like they were running on the pitch or even running on contact. Engel was waiting near (not on) second base, then took off a split second before the ball was caught. It wasn't even that difficult a catch; Buxton just ran under it and caught it a couple steps from the fence.
 

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Not too surprising that that is the first recorded 8-5 triple play in MLB history.
 

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A couple of days ago, but Vinnie Pasquatino with his first major league hit and HR--even though he thought he was tagged out at second.

 

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Cleveland with its 6th loss in 7 games (12 out of 16), including a 4-game sweep at the hands of a Detroit team that could easily be a 100-game loser. In those 16 games, they've topped 4 runs twice, with a high of 7 in a 10-inning game.

Fortunately, I picked a good week to be busy and not watch or listen to a single one of the last 7 games… otherwise it would have been a bad week to stop sniffing glue.

Time to see what they can get for Amed Rosario and a couple others.
 

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Shohei Ohtani throws 7 innings, gives up one unearned run, and strikes out 10. Dropped his season ERA to 2.44.

I did not know Sandy Alcantara was having the type of season he is having until I checked the league wide ERA boards to see where Ohtani fell on them with his 2.44. Leads the league in innings pitched and ERA(1.82). He has an ERA+ of 228.
 

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Kimbrel comes in to save a 5-2 game. Strikes out the first two hitters.

Then single, double, wild pitch, walk. Dave Roberts finally had enough and yanked him.
 

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DET fans have to be wondering what their season would look like now if Riley Greene was healthy all year. They are now 11-7 in games he’s started.
 

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Orioles with 3 in the bottom of the 9th to beat Raisel Iglesias and the Angels, they should move ahead of the White Sox tonight.
 

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What's the exact reasoning there? The thing he did with his glove? That's just the "go through the signs again" motion. Even if there's technically a balk there, the rule needs to be looked at. That sucks.
 

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Gallen just threw four straight strikes that were called balls to walk in a run. Where are the robot umps?
 

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Simulated starting his motion then failed to deliver.

I think the umpire mechanic for calling a balk is one of the coolest thing in sports. I think the purpose is that if the pitcher delivers the pitch there is action and it can turn into a complete clusterfuck, so when the HPU calls it he is supposed to point and yell THAT’S A BALK to shut the play down.

But the effect is like he’s totally shaming the pitcher. I love balks.
 

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And that walk off balk came in the bottom of the 10th, after a play in the top of the 10th where Mejia looked to be safe at home and the catcher was obstructing the plate. Shouldn’t have even been close, though, as I don’t think I’ve ever seen a worse lead off third. Mejia was basically standing on the bag when the ball was hit. Awful baserunning. If you have the contact play on, then take a lead and a secondary lead, otherwise there are no outs, just stay put.

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I've seen way more blatant motions not get called as a balk. If that's a balk then half the pitchers in the major leagues commit balks every game.
 
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